In short, here on the West coast of Florida, not a lot happened. Matthew took a turn east while in the Atlantic, so didn’t hit the East coast nearly as hard as was expected. Our friends, who stayed with us that night, live on the Floridian East coast and — without exaggeration — were expecting their house to be completely demolished by the morning. The projection had the storm eye coming right over their house at a Category 4 estimated strength. Turns out they didn’t even lose a roof shingle.
So while the storm still had major effects elsewhere — per this article “Hurricane Matthew killed more than 500 people in Haiti and at least 26 in the U.S., more than half of them in North Carolina, and three people missing” — it’s a big relief for many on the East coast of Florida.
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